Babs Haenen

The Stadsschouwburg in Haarlem was built in 1918 after a design by architect J.A.G. van der Steur. After more than eighty years, it was necessary to adapt the building to the present time and the architectural firm of Erick van Egeraat was asked for the necessary renovation and expansion of the national monument. The architect artist Babs Haenen was approached for the cladding. In an intensive collaboration project with Van Egeraat and Koninklijke Tichelaar she has investigated how the decorative ornament tiles that she designed could be reproduced.

For the restoration of the original building, Koninklijke Tichelaar supplied reproductions of the original building ceramics. The new stage tower at the back of the building was the most radical of the entire project. The ceramic elements that are placed in the vertical façade incisions of the back house and upwards become lighter and more colorful, a theme that has also been implemented in the interior, refer to the original details of the building. As far as is known, it is the first façade cladding in the Netherlands that is made of porcelain.
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